11/04/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We were thoroughly entertained by Tony Gervis this week. We were shown an excellent set of images – and a world tour into the bargain – accompanied by Tony’s generous advice and top tips. Yet again an excellent evening with one of our own members.

This week we are down to the serious business of our Annual Open Competition for Novices – judge Bob Moore. It has been a pleasure to see how our novices have developed during this season and I am looking forward to seeing a strong entry this week.

As you will know, certain restrictions are lifting this week, with more to be lifted in the near future if everything goes to plan. This should give us more and more photographic opportunities in the months to come – along with more social interaction. Let’s hope it won’t be too long until we are meeting face to face again.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

04/04/2021 Vocal Point

Happy Easter everyone

I know that for many of you, Easter marks the most important time of the year. This year it also seems to mark the change from a year of tragedy and major changes to our lifestyles, to the promise of better times to come. We can all hope for better times ahead whilst being conscious of how valuable our health and freedoms are.

Last week we continued with our high standard of entry into our print competitions. It was the first time that Bob Goode had judged for us and I’m sure we could all appreciate his adjudication and advice.

We are in for another treat this week. Our very own Tony Gervis FRPS. Tony has presented to us in the past with some excellent images from around the world always accompanied with sound advice on how to improve our own images. His presentation this week is based on a very busy year travelling in 2019 – it promises to be as entertaining as ever.

Whilst we have a busy time ahead it is also time to look to our AGM and the next photographic year in 2021-22. You will have received advance notice of our AGM. If you feel that we can take steps to improve on Bromsgrove PS, now is the time to make your feelings known. We have never believed in standing still and I’m sure that you agree that we have adapted to the challenges of coronavirus lockdown in a strong and progressive manner. Your committee has made this society successful under adverse conditions, but we always need new blood and new ideas. 

See you all Tuesday

Best wishes

David

28/03/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Judging by the feedback that has been received this week, the presentation from Phil Savoie this week ranks as the best that many of our members have seen. Phil presented some stunning images and lots of helpful advice and tips – all done in such a relaxed and friendly manner. Over the last two weeks Phil and Tony Worobiec have reminded us what photography is all about – take photos for yourself, there is always an image to be found and – above all – enjoy your photography.

This week we have another early session with the next part of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course. This starts at 7-00 pm and is followed at 8-00 pm with our 3rd Print Competition (Colour and Nature) judged by Bob Goode. It has been a challenging year for our print workers, however, the standard has remained high and Tuesday should be no exception. Midnight on Thursday 1st April is the deadline for entry to the Novice Annual Competition – all sections – PDIs and Prints.

Jenny Webster has just released her Nature Blog for April jenny-websters-nature-tips There are some excellent ideas for nature images in the coming weeks. Now that lockdown is starting to ease, we have the opportunity to get out and about more to start building up our images again. We are also hopeful that we may be able to meet outdoors in small groups again in the not too distant future. So it’s time to blow the cobwebs away and charge up your batteries for the better days ahead

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

21/03/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I think that we can all agree that we saw some very special images from Tony Worobiec this week. His Seascapes and Coastscapes had a unique quality to them. There was one important take home message for everyone – there’s always an image there. The conditions may not fit with your original plans, so look for a different image.

This week promises to be another excellent evening. Phil Savoie will be presenting “Up Your Photography – A photo journey of self-improvement.  The talk covers topics from the science of our vision, lens testing & optical physics, employing the psychology of perspective to create images with impact as well as the odd location war story.  Illustrated with local British images, covering all genres from macro to landscape, sport, wildlife, people and astrophotography.  Tricks and tips from years of experience shared throughout.  Learn how to up your game with the award winning BBC cameraman responsible for testing the cameras and lenses for the PLANET EARTH series.  The thrust of Up Your Photography is sharing easy, practical shooting methods for you to see a noticeable improvement in your pictures straight away.  

The Up Your Photography lecture isn’t like the normal muscle flexing, breast beating look at all my lovely pictures talks. I have years of teaching visual arts experience under my belt as well as high end shooting.  The aim here is to educate members with in-depth photographic knowledge while having fun doing it. In the end I hope that they take the tips and suggestions on board as they will allow them to grow photographically. They will see improved results in terms of image quality, communicating visually as well as developing their artistic acumen.” 

Some of our members will be familiar with Phil through a Zoom presentation he did to Smethwick PS a few months ago. It ranked in the top 10 of presentations (Zoom or in person) that I have seen.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

14/03/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the PDI set subject competition “Frames” last Tuesday. As ever, the standard of photography was high with a wide range of interpretation of the subject matter.

Also, congratulations to seven members who had acceptances at Basingstoke CC National open with a total of 22 images being accepted. Congratulations to Jenny and Colin who each had 8 acceptances at Donegal International – Colin also achieved a Gold Medal and Highly Commended

As a society we have a strong presence in National and International competitions, but we have always sought to encourage new and less experienced members to develop their skills. Our Roger Lewis Foundation Course has been very popular on Zoom, however, the support that we have been able to offer has been limited through lockdown compared to previous years. Hopefully, we can improve on this in the not too distant future, If circumstances permit, our summer outings will allow some of our more experienced members to offer mentoring to anyone who would seek advice. Looking forward to the new season in September, we aim to return to our meetings at Avoncroft where we will be holding practical early sessions, studio and practical evenings. At this stage, nothing is guaranteed but we can have some optimism that “normality” will return.

Our meeting this Tuesday promises to be special. The presenter will be Tony Worobiec with “The Water’s Edge” – mainly coastal Britain I believe. Tony has also published many books and his images also appear on the cover of many novels – including international authors such as Dean Koontz. It is well worth having a look at his web site before Tuesday https://www.tonyworobieccom

See you all then

Best wishes

David

07/03/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

It has been another eventful week for Bromsgrove PS. The results are in from Midphot and Southport National Open Exhibition. Many members had numerous acceptances and we even picked up a couple of awards along the way – including a Gold Medal for Julie Hall. The results have been posted on our Facebook page – Bromsgrovephotographicsociety

Despite the absence of our normal Tuesday night meeting, we had a busy week. On Wednesday we took part in an interclub meeting with Cwmbran PS, Baglan Bay PS (both from Wales) and Carluke PS from Scotland. This gave us a great opportunity to see the type of work being produced by societies from further afield, and also to present the work of some of our members. On Thursday we had the annual Five a Side competition hosted by Stourbridge PS. We had a very strong entry and finished a very creditable 3rd in a closely fought competition.

We are back to normal this week. At 7-00 pm we have an early session with the next episode of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course – organised by Rebekah Nash. This week will be co-presented by David Jellie and will cover preparing your images for printing – whether at home or by a commercial printer. We will look at image sizes, DPI and how to size your image to the right size of mount.

The main event on Tuesday at 8-00 pm will be our 4th PDI competition – Set Subject “Frames” for Colour and Mono Sections and also a Wildlife Section. The judge will be John Haines. The quality of the entries to competition from our members has continued to rise as the season progresses and I am looking forward to another night of keen competition.

See you all then

David

28/02/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

There seems to be a lot to cover this week but first off, many thanks to Andy Kent for a very entertaining presentation last Tuesday. He showed us an eclectic mix of images with lots of helpful tips and back stories. Our programme has produced many gems this year.

We continue to do well in exhibitions. Six members had acceptances at Clay Cross National Exhibition –

Julie Hall – 5

Jenny Webster – 4 including Best In Class for “In The Arms of Mother”

Sue Vernon – 3

Nick Veale – 2

Colin Close – 1

David Jellie – 1 including Commended for “Shelter From the Storm”

Whilst this was not a club competition, in most instances, members’ clubs were recorded. 203 clubs participated – we came 7th (only 1 member behind Smethwick) in number of members who received acceptances and 12th in number of total acceptances. This was really an excellent result for Bromsgrove PS.

Also, special mention should go to Colin Close who had 14 acceptances in EuroCircuit 202 including Commended for The Boxer; in the Desert Fox Exhibition in Kenya Commended for the Syndicate; in Philharmonic Exhibition (Kyrgyztan) 11 acceptances; in the Serbia Montenegro Grand Circuit Gold Medals for Assertive and Adornment., and Commended for High Note and Working Out. Well done Colin for these excellent results.

Jenny has released her Nature Blog for March jenny-websters-nature-tips She is full of enthusiasm for the year ahead as we hope to be released from the constraints of lockdown in the near future. Subject to any regulations that may apply at the time, she is hoping to organise a number of outings for late spring and the summer. Please have a look at her blog and if you have any suggestions then please get in touch.

I know that there are a few people taking Astro-Photography. If that is you, then you will be interested to hear that the latest upgrade for Affinity Photo has a special stacking function for Astro images.

Looking to the week ahead – 

Tuesday 2 March – there is no Zoom meeting this week. This is the deadline for entries in the PDI Set Subject “Frames”

Wednesday 3rd March – Cwmbran “Show Me Yours – we will be represented by Paul Smith, Mike Childs, Jenny Webster, Rebekah Nash and Tony Gervis

Thursday 4th March – Five a Side Interclub hosted by Stourbridge Photographic Society.

We are still awaiting Zoom links to these meetings and they will be forwarded to you as soon as we receive them.

Well, that’s all for this week.

Best wishes

David

21/02/21 Vocal Point

Hi all

We have received such positive feedback on our Best of the Best Competition this week. At times it was a trip down memory lane, revisiting many of the excellent images that we have seen over the last 3 years. Our judge Aleks Gjika was also extremely well received. We set him an unenviable task having to pick winners from the best that this society can produce. He really could have picked any number of images for the top 3 spots in each section, but in doing so he gave excellent critique and helpful advice to all our members. I particularly appreciated that he stressed how subjective judging can be. I think we all hope that he can attend Bromsgrove in person at some future date when we return to normal.

The results of this year’s Bristol Salon have also been released and I know that Bromsgrove PS has had some excellent results. Nick Veale received a GPU Bronze Medal, Jenny Webster had 8 acceptances including 2 Honorable Mentions, Julie Hall had 5 acceptances including one Honorable Mention, and finally there were acceptances for Andrew Crawford and David Jellie. Apologies to anyone I have missed. I believe that there are other successful entrants out there who are currently hiding their light under a bushel.

In addition a special mention goes to Jenny Webster who has been awarded the MPSA (Master of the Photographic Society of America). This is one of the more demanding achievements that any photographer can make, so well done to Jenny for this recognition of her hard work, passion and dedication to photography.

This Tuesday we can look forward to an entertaining evening featuring a presentation by our very own Andy Kent- My Photographic Journey. This will feature HDR, Light Painting, SCUBA, mixed with Landscape, Wildlife, Still Life and his very own Lockdown Project. Don’t miss it, as we should be in for something special.

Finally, it may be February but your committee is already looking forward to the Summer Programme. Obviously, no-one can currently predict whether we will be able to meet in person by that time. We would like to know what you would like to do on a Tuesday evening during the summer – either on Zoom, or if we are allowed to meet in person. Have you work or a practical skill that you would like to share with the membership? Do you know of any speakers or practical presenters that we could call on for a Zoom meeting? Our budget for summer entertainment is small but all ideas will be considered.

See you all Tuesday.

Best wishes

David. 

13/02/2021 Vocal Point Extra

Hi all

My apologies for an omission in my first message – and especially to Beks.

We have an early session this Tuesday at 7-00 – the next part of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course. This is a very popular course and even if you haven’t joined before, it is not too late to start.

Best wishes

David

13/02/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We can be very proud of Bromsgrove PS for our performance in the Six Societies competition last Tuesday. To finish 1 point of first place behind a very strong entry from Droitwich is a very positive result. I know that we suffered some individual disappointments with images scoring less than they have done in previous events, however, as most of us know – another night, another judge, another result. Well done everyone and to the selection committee for our entries. It is also worth noting that we made up over 50% of the audience out of 4 societies – we have great strength in depth for the future.

Looking ahead, we have 3 evenings that should prove to be very entertaining. This week we have our Best of the Best PDI competition – a new standalone competition in response to the demands of lockdown. On 23 February our new/returning member Andy Kent will be presenting – Title: My photography journey. Description: HDR, Light painting, SCUBA, mixed with landscape wildlife, still life, and my own lockdown project….. from 8 years ago. Whilst Andy is new to many of our more recent members – including myself, he is a very skilled photographer and this should be a fascinating evening.

I will also give you advance notice of the first week in March. On Wednesday 3rd March we are participating in an interclub event called Show Me Yours which will include presentations from 5 of our members. This will be hosted by Cwmbran PS. Please note that we will be on Welsh time and the meeting will start at 7-30 rather than our normal 8-00. Then – on Thursday 5th March – we will be taking part in the annual Five a Side competition hosted by Stourbridge PS. As you can see, we have two meetings already that week, and because of this we will not hold our normal Tuesday evening meeting at Bromsgrove on the 2nd March.

So – a lot to take in this week. See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David